The WVU women’s basketball team limps to the Big 12 Tournament after getting blown out by Baylor in the regular season finale.
The Bears beat the Mountaineers, 80-54. It was all Baylor from the very beginning as the home team dominated inside and stopped the WVU basketball team’s progress on offense.
Baylor had a 52-32 rebounding advantage and scored 38 points in the paint and 14 off second-chance opportunities. The Mountaineers couldn’t keep up with the Bears’ four top players who all played 40 minutes.
Juicy Landrum led with 20 points, Dekeiya Cohen scored 18, Lauren Cox added 17 and Kalani Brown had 14. For West Virginia, Naomi Davenport had 18 points and Teana Muldrow scored 16.
The WVU basketball team did have an early lead in this one as it was up by five points in the first quarter. The Bears quickly snuffed that out and took a 16-10 lead after the first frame. Baylor outscored the Mountaineers, 20-12, in the second quarter and ran away with it from there.
With the loss, the WVU basketball team finished the regular season with a 20-10 overall record with an 8-10 record in the Big 12. Baylor was 28-1 on the year with a perfect conference record. That gave it an eighth-straight Big 12 championship. The Bears only loss was against UCLA in November. The Bears beat the WVU basketball team by a combined 37 points in two victories this season.
At the WVU Coliseum at the end of January, the Mountaineers only fell by a score of 83-72. Since then, West Virginia dropped its next two games and finished out on a downward slope to end the year.
The game against Baylor was frustrating, but the end result was expected. West Virginia just can’t compete with one of the best teams in the country.
The Big 12 Tournament begins on Friday and the WVU basketball team will not see the court until Saturday. The Mountaineers are the No. 6 seed and face No. 3 Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m.